Jul 262012

The frequency of violent behavior instances toward people such as what has reportedly transpired recently in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012 may not change with decreasing the legal manufacture and sale worldwide of certain weapons to the public. It does seem that “assault weapons” enable individuals to kill and injure many people in a short amount of time (Intensity of Violence Against People). Ceasing legal manufacture and sale of “assault weapons” in the US (And Elsewhere) to the public could reduce Intensity of Violence Against People.  

President Barack Obama, Jr., a past Nobel Peace Prize Winner, spoke to the National Urban League on July 25, 2012. The content did appear congruent with decreasing violence. The content of his speech did appear to have supported in a practical way The Hygiology Post article (Healthy Change : Part Five — Some Prescriptions For Productive Goals, #8) on 10/7/2011 which began in the following way :

“Prescription #8  of ‘Some Prescriptions For Productive Goals’ is : Work steadfastly and conscientiously toward preventing violence.

Preventing violence has been a theme in many diverse contexts throughout history. Preventing violence can magnify many positive human qualities.

Preventing violence or harm to a child is at least an apparent concrete surface aspect of “The Judgement Of Solomon” (Hebrew Bible, 1 Kings 3:16-28), “Circle of Chalk” (by Li Xingdao,  reportedly written in time period of Yuan Dynasty, 1259–1368) and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” (by Bertolt Brecht, written in 1944). Preventing violence in these examples does appear to at least pierce and reveal underlying care and concern of adults for children in contexts of what appear to be child custody disputes.”

Here are some excerpts from the speech of President Barack Obama, Jr. to the National Urban League yesterday :

“A lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,..”

“I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons; that we should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily,…These steps shouldn’t be controversial…”

“When there is an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there’s always an outcry immediately after for action. And there’s talk of new reforms, and there’s talk of new legislation,…And too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere.”

Authorities have reported that the Aurora shooting suspect used an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun (all, purchased legally) in the attack that killed 12 and injured 58 on July 20, 2012. The US ban on the manufacture of assault weapons expired in 2004. House Democrat Steny H. Hoyer said Wednesday (7-25-12) according to The Baltimore Sun article titled “Hoyer : Not enough votes for assault weapons ban” (https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-hoyer-assault-weapons-ban-20120725,0,1708360.story; obtained 7-26-12) :  

“ ‘Assault weapons have one purpose, and one purpose only: To kill a lot of people quickly. No other purpose,’ the Southern Maryland lawmaker told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. ‘I don’t think anybody hunts deer, quail – geese, in Maryland – with an assault rifle. And if they do, they shouldn’t be.’ ”

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Louis DeCola, Jr.                                    © 2012 The Hygiology Post